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Sunday 22 October
Alabama 3 do not come from Alabama. They hail from Brixton, London, where they formed in 1995. Noted for their ironic humour, larger-than-life personas and outrageous stage performances, they created their unique sound by combining American roots music styles such as blues, country and gospel with the dance and acid-house music that was huge in Britain at the time.
With this line up they bring a whole new dimension to the songs made famous by Alabama 3. This isn’t acid house music, this is country/gospel/delta blues, but played with a rhythm you’ve still got to dance to.
By performing in this stripped down acoustic way the band’s aim was to show the songs in a format reminiscent of the people that have been their inspiration, chiefly the old Delta Blues players like Fred MacDowell and Bukka White.
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From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission Advance Tickets £15 + bf. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: See board for details.
Thursday 21 December
Big Country was originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson both native of the band's hometown Dunfermline in Scotland.
Initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric, the classic Big Country sound was further enhanced later that summer by the arrival of drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler. This is the Big Country that (with producer Steve Lillywhite), recorded the classic debut album 'The Crossing' in 1983. The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album's classic singles 'Fields Of Fire', 'Chance' and signature song 'In A Big Country', which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies and driving 'The Crossing' to 3 prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.
The run of success continued throughout the 1980's with the release of the anthemic single 'Wonderland' and the second album 'Steeltown' (1984), which debuted at Number 1 in the UK and contained the hit singles 'East Of Eden', Just a Shadow' and 'Where The Rose Is Sown'. In 1985, Big Country appeared for the finale at Live Aid in London followed by further successful album releases 'The Seer' (1986) - including the bands biggest UK hit 'Look Away' which reached Number 1 in the Irish Singles chart –, supporting David Bowie on his Glass Spider tour in 1987, and then the 'Peace In Our Time' album (1988), which saw the band playing the first ever privately promoted gig in Russia at the Moscow Sports Stadium.
At the start of the 90's 'Through A Big Country', featuring all the bands classic hits was released, followed by the fifth studio album 'No Place Like Home' (1991) taking the band's total record sales to well over five million copies. Further studio albums 'Buffalo Skinners' (1993) and 'Why The Long Face' (1995) followed, which saw Big Country landing the special guest slot on the Rolling Stones 'Voodoo Lounge' European tour and several shows in the UK and Ireland with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in 1995.
In August 1998 they were once again invited to open for the Rolling Stones on their ' Bridges To Babylon" tour of Europe prompting Mick Jagger to say that Big Country were "one of the best opening bands we ever had". Two songs written at that time ('Somebody Else' and 'Devil In The Eye') were co-written with Ray Davies of The Kinks who invited the band to back him on the main stage at Glastonbury to perform a storming set in the rain.
By now singer Stuart Adamson had relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and so his fellow bandmates decamped to America to join him in writing and recording the album 'Driving To Damascus' – the last album they recorded together before Stuarts untimely death in 2001. Big Country scored 17 top 30 UK singles achieving 5 gold and platinum status albums along the way.
Tony Butler, Mark Brzezicki and Bruce Watson re-united in 2007 to celebrate the band's Twenty-fifth anniversary then in the summer of 2010, Bruce Watson picked up the phone and asked Mike Peters to sing with Big Country. Joined by Bruce’s son Jamie on guitar, the first gig was in Glasgow on New Years Eve 2010 and the band went on to perform at many of the UK and Europe's most famous festivals, including Isle Of Wight (Twice), V Festival, T In The Park and Oxegen, creating a new generation of fans and renewing the passion for diehards. 2012 brought the 30th Anniversary of the their first album, “The Crossing” and a tour where the album was played in it’s entirety followed before bassist Tony Butler decided to retire. Bass duties then fell to Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) for 3 years during which time the ninth studio album ‘The Journey’ was released and extensively toured in the UK as well as across Europe and North America.
In 2014 Mike Peters left to dedicate his time towards The Alarm and Simon Hough was brought in as vocalist and a tour of the UK to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of “Steeltown” was followed by a Greatest Hits tour in 2015 before Derek Forbes left the band.
2016 brought a new bass player, Scott Whitley, and a 3-week “80’s Invasion” tour with Midge Ure and Nick Heyward before the 30th Anniversary of ‘The Seer’ album which was performed in its’ entirety on tour throughout the UK in the second half of the year and into early 2017.
The second half of 2017 brings a mixture of shows from Big Country who as well as doing full electric shows with the best tracks from their first three albums plus the hits, they are doing a number of select Acoustic shows which promise to be something special.
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From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission Tickets £25 from Barnstorm . Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: See board for details.
Friday 30 March
Deep Purple / Rainbow Tribute act
Ritchie Blackmore is beyond doubt one of the all-time great guitar players. From his roots with The Outlaws and his many session recordings in the sixties, through defining hard rock with Deep Purple and Rainbow in the seventies, eighties and again in the nineties and on to the renaissance rock of Blackmore’s Night, Ritchie has proved that he is a master of the guitar across a multitude of styles.
Since their first gig in early 2016, Blackmore’s Blood’s reputation for presenting the most authentic tribute to the genius, flamboyance and flair of Ritchie from those rock years of Deep Purple and Rainbow, incorporating not only the true sound of the man himself but also the showmanship recreated in true Ritchie style, has lead to increasing successes and a demand for even more shows nationwide.
The band share an unequalled determination, commitment and passion to reproduce the look and sound of Deep Purple and Rainbow that fans of these two great bands want to see and hear. On vocals, Jim is a powerhouse. With the ability to recreate the passion of Gillan, the soulfulness of Coverdale and the spine tingling, breath taking power of Ronnie James Dio and Graham Bonnet. Phil on Bass and Keith on Drums provide the perfect rhythm section, pulling the band together with pinpoint accuracy. Andy on Keyboards has been a follower and fan of the late great Jon Lord for many years giving him inspiration and the conviction to honour and emulate the sound of the great man himself. On guitar we have Mal who has studied and perfected his style and ability to mirror that of Ritchie for over 20 years. Blackmore’s Blood is Mal’s concept and the name comes from the fact that Mal is a true blood relative of Ritchie Blackmore. He has the look of him and an unrivalled ability to play and sound like him too. With support and acknowledgement from personnel who have worked closely with Ritchie during the past 40 years and more, it is clear why they say this band’s own Ritchie, really is the closest and the finest tribute to Ritchie Blackmore anyone is likely to see.
From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission Tickets £6 in advance, £8 on the door. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: See board for details.
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